02/28/09 Midwest/Canada Regional: Fleet Field

  • February 24, 2009
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Sometimes breeders have to wait a long time to see their labor blossom to fruition. On other occasions they have to wait a really long time. But for Mike Carroll and John C. Harvey Jr., the wait was quite worth it when Maryfield came into her own as a 6-year-old in 2007, winning the Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, the Distaff Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct, and the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Monmouth Park on the way to capturing champion female sprinter honors on the season.

For their efforts, the two men earned the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Canadian Breeders of the Year award for that season.

Carroll and Harvey co-bred Maryfield out of the Desert Wine mare Sly Maid, whom they purchased for $50,000 with partner Robyn’s Nest Farm at the 1997 Keeneland January sale. Sly Maid was a stakes-placed, five-time winner at the races. Shortly afterward, Carroll and Harvey bought out Robyn’s Nest.

Sly Maid produced six live foals for them, including Canadian grade III-placed Quiet. They decided to send Sly Maid to Elusive Quality, and the product of that mating, Maryfield, was purchased by Jim and Alice Sapara’s Winsong Farms for $80,000 at the 2002 Keeneland September yearling sale out of the Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consignment. Maryfield was bred in Ontario, making her the fourth Canadian-bred Breeders’ Cup winner, following Awesome Again, Chief Bearhart, and Dance Smartly.

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